For the second time in three years, the Michigan Senate welcomed Brad Keselowski, honoring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion on Thursday.
"I felt more nervous up there the first time," Keselowski told the Detroit Free Press, after receiving a standing ovation and addressing the chamber at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich.
Keselowski, of Rochester Hills, Mich., also was honored by the senate following his 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
In addition to a senate resolution, the governor's office will name Feb. 2 "Brad Keselowski Day" in the state of Michigan.
The state's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion continued the celebration with Michigan International Speedway fans and another Michigander, Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney, at the Henry Ford Museum.
"We are excited to welcome Brad back to Michigan and offer a chance for our fans to interact with the NASCAR champion," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "Brad is the state's first Michigan-born driver to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and we are thrilled to welcome him back home."
The kickoff to the track's 2013 season included another return as Detroit-based Quicken Loans will be back to sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race as Dale Earnhardt Jr., who snapped a 143-race winless streak in the 2012 event, attempts to defend his title.
"Last year's race was extremely exciting, and I know a lot of fans were thrilled to see Dale Jr. bring home the Quicken Loans 400 trophy," Jay Farner, president and chief marketing officer for Quicken Loans said. "We look forward to an equally exciting race this year at NASCAR's fastest track."
(Left to right) Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, Sen. Jim Marleau and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.